A Fan Con For All Things Sherlock Holmes.

Atlanta, GA - April 7-9, 2017



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Weapons Policy

For the safety of our members, 221B Con has deemed it necessary to further encode its weapons policy. If you choose to include replica weaponry in your costumes, please review this policy carefully.

221B Con understands that costuming is a vital and important part of the con experience, and we do not want to stricture the creativity of the fans in a senseless manner. Fans choosing to carry prop weapons, or other items listed below, use and carry them at their own risk. They assume all liability to and from anyone injured or otherwise harmed directly or indirectly by the fans acts or inaction. 221B Con shall not be liable for injury, harm, damage, or any other liability associated with any person’s use of any weapon permitted, or banned, at 221B Con events.

All costume “weaponry” must comply with the Con policy and with local, state, and federal laws. It is the responsibility of the fan to familiarize him or herself with all applicable laws as this policy does not constitute legal advice.

221B Con Weapons Policies are enforced at all times and non-compliance can result in confiscation of your badge and expulsion from the con. The determination to expel a member is solely at the discretion of 221B Con staff.

  1. Should a member of 221B Con ask to inspect a member’s weapons, they must be allowed. Failure to allow the inspection will result in confiscation of the member’s badge and expulsion from the Con.
  2. Live steel (real swords, daggers, knives, or metal items) is not allowed.
  3. No firing weapon or real guns, even if they are modified not to fire.
  4. Real working weapons of any kind are prohibited.
  5. Members may not brandish a weapon, fake or otherwise, at any time. Brandishing is defined as exhibiting a weapon in manner that mimics actual use against a person. We will not allow dueling or other “fake” displays amongst costumed fans. 221B Con Staff and Hotel Security are empowered to decide what constitutes brandishing. We may confiscate the member’s badge he or she will be expelled from the con at our discretion.


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  • Hey speed-readers. With 221b Con fast approaching it’s not too...

    Hey speed-readers. With 221b Con fast approaching it’s not too late to dive in to our 221b Con recommended reading list.

    This year’s book club discussion choices:

    The Annual 221b Con Canon Book Club

    This year’s theme is ‘The Jewels in the Crown’.

    We will be discussing The Adventure of the Golden Pince-nez, Silver Blaze, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, and The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone. So break out your annotated canon and join us for some fun.

    Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

    A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

    Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

    A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past.


    Additional Recommended Reading:

    Arthur and Sherlock by Michael Sims

    As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed Bell identifying a patient’s occupation, hometown, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait, and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction.

    Michael Sims traces the circuitous development of Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, through his escape to University (where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons), leading to his own medical practice in 1882. Five hardworking years later–after Doyle’s only modest success in both medicine and literature–Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Sims deftly shows Holmes to be a product of Doyle’s varied adventures in his personal and professional life, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Émile Gaboriau, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens–not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle’s esteemed teacher.


    Scarlet in Gaslight by Martin Powell

    Sherlock Holmes, Dracula. An epic mystery pits the super sleuth against the supernatural forces of the evil count as Moriarty has enlisted the aid of Dracula to plunge London into a new dark age. Holmes, with the assistance of Professor Van Helsing, must turn to the famed actress Sarah Bernhard to uncover the clues that will bring this impossible case to a close.